Our Board

Sansom Institute for Health Research Advisory Board

External members:

Professor Ian Caterson AM
A recognised expert on obesity, the metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance, Ian Caterson is Director of the Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise and Eating Disorders at the University of Sydney. A former director of clinical endocrinology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, he is on the management committee of the International Obesity Task Force and has been an advisor to the World Health Organization and the Australian government.

Dr Julian Clark
With over 30 years of experience leading technology and healthcare enterprises in Australia, Sweden, the UK, North America and Asia, Julian Clark is currently head of business development at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne. He holds a PhD from the University of Glasgow and an honorary doctorate from UniSA.

Professor Jennifer Martin
Jenny Martin is a general physician and clinical pharmacologist and Chair of Clinical Pharmacology, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle. A former Rhodes Scholar, her research interests are broad and cover clinical pharmacology from bench to clinical trials.

Professor Jim Bishop

Jim Bishop is the founding Executive Director of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre and Herman Chair of Cancer Medicine, University of Melbourne. Previously, Professor Bishop was the Chief Medical Officer for the  Commonwealth Of Australia, and founding Chief Executive Officer, Cancer Institute NSW and Chief Cancer Officer for New South Wales.

David A Walsh 

David has held a number of senior management roles in the health sector including Head of Marketing, Media and Communications at Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH), Marketing Director at Adelaide’s Hanson Institute, Head of Media and Public Relations at the Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science (now SA Pathology) and also the role of Director of Communications for the Central Northern Adelaide Health Service.

UniSA members:

Professor Tanya Monro
UniSA's Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President for Research and Innovation, Tanya Monro is a physicist, decorated scientist and former SA, Australian of the Year. She was previously the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Nanoscale BioPhotonics and of the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing at the University of Adelaide. Tanya earned her PhD in physics in 1998 from The University of Sydney, for which she was awarded the Bragg Gold Medal for the best Physics PhD in Australia.

Professor Bob Vink
Professor Bob Vink is the Pro Vice Chancellor of the Division of Health Sciences and is one of Australia’s leading researchers in brain injury. Bob was previously the Head of School of Medical Sciences and Chair of Neurosurgical Research at the University of Adelaide. Bob has a Doctor of Science, awarded by the University of Adelaide, which recognises the highest standard of research.

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